The Basics of Clinical-Grade Skincare Science
The first thing to note: Skincare isn't a guessing game anymore. It's measurable.
In the era of nano-technology (very small technology), nearly every aspect of healthy, youthful skin is physically measurable and quantifiable. Because of this, dermatologists know exactly which ingredients improve your skin's health, appearance and function and––more importantly––which ones don't. When determining whether a specific ingredient works or not, the five, main components of youthful skin that dermatologists focus on are:
- Collagen levels
- Pigmentation mobility
- Dermal thickness
- Wrinkle depth
- Moisture retention
If you can optimize all five of these key skin functions, you'll have baby-soft, springy and smooth skin. When you're young, your skin functions flawlessly in all of these key areas. However, over time, they each begin to malfunction with the impact of three things:
- Aging (more complicated than it sounds)
- Sun damage
- Pollution/carcinogen build up
What is aging exactly? (The internal causes)
Your skin is made up of several different types of cells, each of which serve a different purpose in your skin's health and function. Within each cell is a string of DNA that tells your cells what to do, how to behave and when to divide to create new cells. Each time your cells divide, this DNA string shortens slightly and the ability for it to effectively tell the cell what to do is diminished.
When this happens, your cells start to divide less frequently, they release too much pigmentation or not enough, they don't produce as much collagen etc. The rate as which these malfunctions begin to happen depends very much on the genetics you inherited from your parents. Thus, they are a good indication of how you will age as well.
The sun and pollution give the aging process a HUGE boost (The external causes)
Even if you have the best, Michael Cera-level genetics, DNA degeneration and cell malfunction can happen just as quickly with exposure to sun and carcinogens from pollution. Both of these external factors also target skin cell DNA and lead to the nearly permanent DNA deterioration that causes thin, saggy, wrinkled skin.
Luckily, if you want to reverse the effects of both the internal and external causes of aging, you have real, reliable options. Finally.
The 100%, universally agreed-upon super-solutions:
After nearly a decade of research using modern measuring technology, dermatologists have settled on the few key skincare elements that are shown to consistently boost all five of the components of youthful skin mentioned above:
- Pure antioxidants (especially Vitamin C in its "ascorbic acid" form
- Certain types of retinoids
- Alpha hydroxy acids
- A daily, quality moisturizer
There is a LOT of science to unpack here, so we'll likely do it in other posts. But the main thing to note is that if you can find quality products in all four of those areas and apply them properly, you can very affectively reverse the signs of aging and according to some researchers, returning your skin cell behavior to its youthful state.